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The homeless and housing charity Peter McVerry Trust has called for the Department of the Environment to bring forward emergency legislation to freeze rents in the private residential rental market. The charity believes that emergency rent controls are needed until such time as the market undergoes fundamental reform and the issues surrounding future residential supplies are addressed.
Speaking about rising rents the CEO of the charity Pat Doyle said “Peter McVerry Trust firmly believes that rents need to be frozen immediately. Since 2011 rents nationally have risen by 25%. In Dublin they have risen 36% during the same period. Rents are now running at 17 times the rate of the consumer price index.”
“If the Government brought in emergency rent control it would at the very least provide space for the fundamental reforms that are needed in the private rental market to be discussed, developed and delivered. At the moment the private rental market is not affordable, nor is it meeting the needs of poor and vulnerable households. In fact it is now the primary contributor to homelessness in Ireland today.”
“A failure to introduce emergency rent control measures would simply mean that more individuals, couples, families and children will become homeless in the weeks and months ahead. That simply cannot be allowed to happen.”
Concluding Mr Doyle said that spiralling rents could also see more students come into homelessness in the coming months. “In 2014 we received numerous calls from students who ended up losing rental accommodation and turned to homeless services for help as they could not secure rental accommodation. We cannot allow another wave of homelessness in the form of young vulnerable teenagers. The ability of the homeless sector to respond to further spikes in the numbers of homeless individuals is now severely constrained.”